Play and Brain Development

How play helps our children’s brains develop.

Play and Development

In today’s world, we need children to learn how to plan, organize, strategize, be attentive, and have a good working memory. These are called ‘executive functioning’ skills, and while learning these sound like a lot of work, kids in fact develop many of these through play explains Adam Cox, author of No Mind Left Behind. “Play is a child’s primary form of work and so play is an excellent opportunity for developing some of these ‘executive thinking’ skills.

Assisting in your child’s development requires a different mind-set, and according to Adam “we should not be thinking of these skills as ‘this is a child’s work and then play is a child’s free time’. Instead, the most effective way to make these skills part of a child’s life is to integrate them within their play. So it can be integrated into ‘projective’ play, or ‘picking-up-after’ play, or ‘thinking about’ or ‘talking about’ play. All of these different kinds of contexts are wonderful ways of integrating these executive skills.”

 The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Adam Cox, child psychologist and author of Boys of Few Words and No Mind Left Behind.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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